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Charlotte Hornets watching draft lottery

The Hornets are not participating in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery (8 p.m., ESPN), but Charlotte has a vested interest in it anyway.

The Hornets are owed a first-round selection by the Detroit Pistons and will get the Pistons’ selection in the June 26 draft if it falls outside the first eight selections. Detroit is slotted at No. 8 of 14 teams in the lottery but could be bumped to No. 9, No. 10 or No. 11 if one or more of the six teams seeded below it earns a top-three pick.

The Hornets have a 17.5 percent chance of acquiring the Pistons’ first-round pick. If they do not acquire the Pistons’ pick this year, they will receive it next year unless Detroit lands the No. 1 pick.

Odds of each team winning the lottery:

Team Pct.   Team Pct.
Milwaukee25.0%Detroit2.8%
Philadelphia19.9%Cleveland1.7%
Orlando15.6%New Orleans1.1%
Utah10.4%Denver0.8%
Boston10.3%New York0.7%
L.A. Lakers6.3%Minnesota0.6%
Sacramento4.3%Phoenix0.5%

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